Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (Blu-ray) (2009)
Main Menu Animation
Featurette-Magical Guide To Pixie Hollow
Featurette-Pixie Hollow Comes to Walt Disney World
Music Video-The Gift of a Friend by Demi Lovato
|Year Of Production||2009|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Klay Hall|
Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 EX
French dts 5.1
Dutch dts 5.1
Russian Dolby Digital 5.1 (640Kb/s)
Arabic Dolby Digital 5.1 (640Kb/s)
Hindi Dolby Digital 5.1 (640Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
After a successful debut headline feature about the same time last year (more or less timed to conicide with Thanksgiving in the US), Tinkerbell returns for another straight-to-DVD/Blu-ray adventure.
Every eight years the fairies in Fairy Hollow, home to Neverland's fairies, hold a grand revelry to celebrate an alignment of the planets that produces blue fairy dust (the stuff that give fairies their magic). This blue fairy dust is only produced if the light hits a special moonstone at just the right angle. One lucky fairy is given the honour of making an ornamental sceptre for the stone that will allow the light to hit it just right, as well as look pretty when the fairy Queen holds it aloft. This year it is Tinker Bell's turn to prepare the sceptre, on behalf of all the Tinker fairies.
Tink designs and builds the sceptre with the help of her dust fairy best-friend Terence. Whilst Terence is undoubtedly of help to Tink he keeps getting in the way, which causes Tink no end of frustration. Tink lashes out at Terence when disaster strikes the irreplaceble moonstone. In her anger, and afraid of the consequences if she can't repair the moonstone, Tink sets out to find a legendary lost mirror that will grant her one wish. Along the way she befriends a cute little firefly named Blaze, who becomes a pet-like companion on her dangerous trip across pirate-infested waters.
The moral of the story this time around is to have patience rather than lose your temper, and to apologise if you do! As straight-forward message told with enough sincerity that it will be easy for kids to take in without feeling too laboured for any parents watching.
Tinker Bell and The Lost Treasure is not as elaborately animated or quite as carefully plotted as theatrical release Disney fare of late, particularly if you are counting Pixar's output, but it well and truly holds its own when compared with many of the House of Mouse's more modest competitors. Weighed against its predecessor, this sequel comes out ahead thanks largely to the film not needing to waste its time introducing all
the other merchandise in the franchise of Tinker Bell's other friends. The film holds up fairly well to repeat viewing, which parents are guaranteed to be comforted by!
The film is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio in 1080p/24Hz.
The video looks excellent for a straight to DVD kids movie. The image is sharp and occasionally features an exquisite level of fine detail, particularly around the particle effects for things like fireworks. There is no grain or low level noise noticeable in the image. The colours are rich and bold. There is an excellent level of colour depth (which truly highlights the difference between DVD and Blu-ray in terms of colour depth) and fine detail in blacks and shadowy scenes.
There is no sign of compression artefacts or film artefacts at any point.
English subtitles are present for the feature and appear to be accurate and well timed.
The film features a plethora of audio options including an English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 track, French and Dutch DTS 5.1 tracks and Russian, Arabic and Hindi Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. The audio won't test the limits of most viewer's sound systems, but it is pretty much flawless for what it is.
The audio is crisp and clear. The dialogue sits well in the mix and is easy to understand. The sync is as good as you would reasonably expect of a cartoon.
The film features a pretty run-of-the-mill, though fitting, orchestral score, by Joel McNeely, accompanied by a couple of the usual big ballady Disney songs.
The surrounds are used seamlessly by the soundtrack, picking elements of the score, environmental effects and feature pans. The subwoofer gets put to good use on numerous occasions, particularly in the middle section of the film when Tink first sets off into the great unknown, where the are some nice storm effects to rumble the woofer.
|Surround Channel Use|
All of the extras are presented in 1080p, obviously save for the DVD disc.
A four minute short, animated to the standard of an animated storybook, that introduces viewers to the world of Fairy Hollow and its many characters. Not really much point to this one if you've seen the first Tinker Bell film, but it will keep the kids busy for a few minute
Disneyworld's Epcot Centre produced a special Tinker Bell fairy-themed garden to tie in with the franchise. Director Klay Hall and producer Sean Lurie attend the opening of the attraction and provide a bit of commentary as we get a look at some pretty spectacular topiaries of the Tinker Bell characters.
Four minutes of mock bloopers, some of which are actually quite funny.
Camp Rock star Demi Lovato bangs out a paint by numbers Disney number.
The producer and Director talk viewers through 8 legitimate deleted scenes, some of which are merely storyboarded whilst others feature basic animatics.
What appears to be the full DVD edition of the film is provided on a second disc in the set, along with all the same special features as the Blu-ray disc in SD. An invaluable addition for parents that want to watch "the good TV".
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The Australian Region B Blu-ray release (which is actually formated for Regions B and C) is identical to the equivalent Region A edition in North America.
The Blu-ray version features the same extras as the DVD edition, only in high-def rather than standard definition.
An entertaining kids movie that exceeds the expectations anyone could reasonably have of straight-to-video fare. Tinker Bell and The Lost Treasure is a lot more entertaining than plenty of stuff that has found full theatrical release of late.
The audio and video are excellent. The extras are modest but worthwhile. The inclusion of the DVD edition is invaluable.
|DVD||Sony Playstation 3, using HDMI output|
|Display||Samsung 116cm LA46M81BD. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL).|
|Audio Decoder||Pioneer VSX2016AVS. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||150W DTX front speakers, 100W centre and 4 surround/rear speakers, 12 inch PSB Image 6i powered sub|